RISING: Buŋgul

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RISING: Buŋgul

Hamer Hall

This event is part of the 2023 RISING Festival.

The inspiration behind Dr Gurrumul Yunupinu’s seminal album Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), brought to the stage in a hypnotic live performance by Yolngu dancers and songmen with the MSO.

A buŋgul is a ceremony, a gathering ground: a meeting place of dance, song and ritual.

Dr G. Yunupiŋu’s posthumously released album, Djarimirri (Child of the Rainbow), is a landmark moment in Australian music. It transcends its author’s death and celebrates his life, by bringing together western and his Yolŋu family’s musical traditions.

Buŋgul is a celebration of that record’s legacy. Created on Country in Northeast Arnhem Land, with the Yunupiŋu family. In a hypnotic performance, live Yolŋu dancers and songmen present the songs, dances and paintings that inspired Djarimirri; accompanied by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra; and directed by Senior Yolŋu man Don Wininba Ganambarr and Nigel Jamieson.

The heart and soul of a masterpiece made real.